It’s with genuine sadness that we’ll soon say goodbye to our current Social Media Manager, Isabelle Kenyon. Isabelle has been an absolute delight to work with and I know I speak for the entire Sabotage team when I say we wish her all the best in her future creative endeavours. Whatever she does next, we know already that it will be something special.
Over the last few weeks we have been searching for someone new to join the Sabotage Reviews team in the role of Social Media Manager and, after many, many emails, I’m delighted to announce that we have not one but two social media experts joining us at Sabotage.
Our first Social Media Manager is the talented Niamh MacKenzie:
“I’m a recent graduate from the University of Stirling where I completed my Masters in Scottish Literature. Before this, I had studied Culture and Heritage with the University of the Highlands and Islands. These two courses gave me the opportunity to explore elements of Scottish culture from all sorts of angles and take my passion for a variety of art forms and think critically about them and examine them a lot more closely. This can be seen best in my undergraduate dissertation Scottish Hip-Hop: The Contemporary Voice of the Working Class? and masters thesis A Critical Exploration of the Scottish Spoken Word Scene. It was a genuine pleasure to work on these two projects and to critically examine two scenes which I have long been a fan and supporter of and to assess how best to support them as they continue to grow.
I’ve had quite a unique student experience which has allowed me over the last five years to live in a variety of communities including Kirkwall, Ullapool, Edinburgh and Stirling. Although I am not an artist myself, wherever I have lived I’ve been passionate about supporting and understanding the various arts scenes, something which I hope I can continue to do as I figure out my next steps after so long in the university bubble! In my spare time, I love to go
to gigs, the cinema, theatre or festivals. Although I have dipped in and out of city life, I am happiest by the sea and enjoy nothing more than a long beach walk followed by coffee and cake.
I am really looking forward to working with the team at Sabotage and having the opportunity to keep up to date with such an eclectic and exciting variety of new works in the role of Social Media Manager.”
Niamh will be joined by the equally talented Liam Lees:
“I began my writing career while at college studying a media production diploma. In the beginning, I didn’t really know what direction that I wanted to take, but I was assertive, and confident that I had potential in the advertising and PR world. I took a chance, quit my warehouse job and began looking for a way in to the creative industry, which lead me to a short internship at a branding agency. The internship went well and, with a couple of years under my belt, I can safely say that the risk paid off.
Working in the fast-paced marketing sector really fueled my passion for writing and lead me to seek out a Creative and Professional Writing and Screenwriting Joint honors degree at the university of worcester. I am now in my second year and I am much more confident, competent writer – I have learned to write in many styles and I am particularly enamored by Feature writing, fictional prose and screenwriting.
As someone who appreciates fast projects over long-term hauls, one of my greatest achievements is planning and writing a thirty minute comedy-drama script, this was a long slog but it was well worth it in the end!
In my spare time, I like to keep fit with a regular yoga practice. It keeps my body and mind in a state of equilibrium and I don’t think that I could cope without it. I also find that it helps with my writing, it allows my to take a complete break from what I’m working on so I can come back to it with fresh eyes.
What I love about social media is the effect that it has over people; it brings people that share things in common together. It also, as a company, allows the outside world understand what you’re about and what excites you, again, to build connections.”
It’s with great delight that we can finally make this announcement, especially as it sees the Sabotage Reviews team grow bigger with time too. For the foreseeable future, Social Media queries and comments can be forwarded to [email protected] and your emails will be passed on to the appropriate Media Manager for the case.
Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our new Social Media Managers!